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Sciatica anyone??????? Sciatica anyone???????

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Unread 03-30-2004, 09:10 AM
Sciatica anyone???????

Ok ladies, I need some input here. Most of you know my story and know I am on a 6 month course of Lupron for reoccuring endo post hyst. While side effects have been minimal and most of my pelvic and lower back pain has subsided, I've run across another probelm. I am having exetreme pain between my spine and left hip which is radiating down my leg all the way to my toes. It almost feels like a really bad muscle spasm, this pinching and burning pain. It is sooo intense when I bend over or put weight on my left leg or try and lift my leg. It just started Sunday evening and I can't recall doing anything to cause it. I'm at work and in tears! Just wondering if this sounds familiar to anyone???
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Unread 03-30-2004, 09:17 AM
Sciatica anyone???????

Good Morning, Sweetie!


How do you feel about chiropractors? I had some similar pain issues that a chiro helped me to fix. Actually I had a combo of accupuncture and spinal adjustments. He really loosened up my lower back. Now I can tell what is my endo/scar tissue pain and what is lower back strain/muscle spasms.

Just a thought, hon!
Unread 03-30-2004, 12:00 PM
Sciatica anyone???????

Very interesting! I don't mean to make light of your pain at all, just wanted to tell you I am having a similar problem (but not quite the same) and think it is hormonally related.

I used to have sciatica occasionally when I was much younger (20s), but haven't had it in about the past ten years. When it happened, it was always triggered by something I did - usually some type of stretching, turning motion that stressed the lower back.

I just started on Tamoxifen a week ago, plus had cut my HRT in half... and yesterday when I woke up my back was hurting. Within an hour or two, it had seized up in extreme pain. I do not recall doing anything that would have triggered it. The pain is in the lower spine and radiating out to both hips. I can't stand up straight or walk without hanging on to something. I've been on Toradol to try to manage the pain, and it takes the edge off, but not enough to where I can walk, drive, etc.. The oncologist seems to think it's a severe inflammatory reaction to the Tamoxifen and that in most cases these things pass in a few days if the patient stays on it. Scary prospect, but I don't have too much choice.

I notice you mentioned you'd started on Lupron... to some extent the effect is the same (starving your estrogen receptors). How long have you been on it? Have you talked with your DR to see if this is a possible side effect of the Lupron? Do you recall doing anything that would have triggered the pain, or did it just come on seemingly out of nowhere?

Let us know what your DR says, OK? I hope you're feeling better soon.
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Unread 03-30-2004, 03:44 PM
Sciatica anyone???????

(((Linda))) Sorry to hear that you are dealing with yet another irritation. I know you already have your plate more than full. Please keep us posted on you.

Didn't really consider the hormone/Lupron connection, but now that you mention for thought. I got my first Lupron shot 5 weeks ago. Something I will definitely mention to my doc. If this hasn't eased up ALOT by the a.m. I will be making an appointment. I am smelling up the office with a pain patch (menthol) at the moment. That and 2 Aleve seem to be at least taking the edge off. I don't remember doing anything to cause it, but then again, I have been quite sedentary so, could have without realizing.

(((Michelle))) Will also mention your suggestion to the doc. Not sure it is an option for me because I have 1 herniated disc & 2 bulging discs. But, at this point, I would try standing on my head and gargling peanut butter if I thought the pain would ease. Thanks.
Unread 03-31-2004, 05:58 PM
Me too!

I just tuned back back in after several months because of sciatica as well. I started out with bladder problems post op and they said that I had an irritable bladder. In October I had a hormone shot and have had severe sciatica pain ever since. I have had a total of 5 days without pain since Oct. I saw a back specialist, had MRI, no discs out of place or anything. My back does hurt worse when my bladder is acting up and I am beginning to think that I have scar tissue or adhesions that are binding everythig together. I had recurring endometrioms in the left ovary (orange sized) before having LAVH/BSO June 2000. My new gyno can feel my vagina attached to something on the left side when he does an exam. My new fear is that all of the endo wasn't removed and that it is growing again. Now that I am on HRT, would.t the hormones made endo worse if there is some left? What is more likely, endo, or scar/adhesions? I've had 2 abdominal surgeries. I go through bouts of crying because I am tired of being in pain. I never had this kind of pain before, even with the cysts and endo, adeno, etc. Staci.
Unread 04-01-2004, 04:28 PM

Finally got in to see my GP at 2 pm yesterday. By that time I was unable to sit at all without extreme pain. I'm talking worse-than-labor-pain. His dx was a low back strain w/o nerve or disc involvement. Not sure I agree with that as I have had many problems with my back and the pain never shot down my leg like that. He also said there was no way that the Lupron had anything to do with it. But, he is the same doc that doesn't want to attribute anything to hormones. At any rate, he put me on steroids for a week, Darvocet and Soma (which I take anyway - but he can't seem to remember that). I am feeling much better (though not 100%) today and am back at work.

I will still discuss this with my gyn when I go see her.

Thanks for listening all!
Unread 04-01-2004, 04:51 PM
Sciatica anyone???????

Hi There
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture helped me with Sciatica. Thankgoodness. As it can drive one to a really bad mood! If you choose to see a Trad Acupuncturist, make sure they have really good training plus at least 3 months training in china. Good luck.

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